The TikTok logo: history and inspiration

The TikTok logo may seem pretty simple, but there’s more to it than you might think. And while TikTok is the youngest of the social media giants, the TikTok logo has already undergone a few tweaks to come up with a punchy design that fits the TikTok vibe perfectly.

So what does the TikTok logo mean and why does it work so well? Below, we take a closer look at the evolution of the TikTok logo since its creation in 2016, as well as the meaning behind the design. For more logo inspiration, don’t miss our piece on the history of the YouTube logo. If you want to create your own designs, check out our logo design tips.

The history of the TikTok logo

(Image credit: TikTok)

TikTok was quite a unique social media platform when it hit the market in 2017. The micro video format clicked with a younger generation that wanted to do more than just share images of their dinner on social media – a generation that wanted to perform. As a result, the app quickly gained a following. But the TikTok logo actually predates the existence of TikTok as a brand.

It all started in 2016, when the Chinese company ByteDance launched an app called Soon the app was renamed Douyin, which means something like ‘vibrating sound’. What we know as the TikTok logo was actually created for this Chinese app, which is why it contains a musical note that appears to vibrate and also resembles a letter D.

TikTok logo

The TikTok logo resembles a “D” for Douyin (Image credit: TikTok)

The inspiration for the TikTok logo

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